Aspen Publishing

Readings in Persuasion: Briefs that Changed the World

Linda H. Edwards


  • ISBN: 9780735587755

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    An innovative and riveting look at briefs from a highly respected author that can be used a primary text in an advanced legal writing class or as a secondary text in a basic legal writing course. The chapters can be taken in any order. In the first part of the book, individual chapters cover advanced legal writing topics such as rhetoric, voice, emotion, metaphor, and narrative. The second part of the book introduces famous cases, with the story of each case. Chapter introductions provide interesting insights, such as historical context, the story of the case and of the litigation of it, information about the lawyers who wrote the briefs on both sides, what the courts decided, and, where relevant, about what has happened since. Compelling content makes it easy to engage students while photos throughout enliven the text. Full-text cases and briefs are available on a companion website and a Teacher’s Manual offers sample syllabi and suggested readings for each brief.

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    Page Count 480
    Published 08/06/2012
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    Summary of Contents

    Ch. 1. Beginning

    Ch. 2. Rhetoric

    Ch. 3. History

    Ch. 4. Ethics and Art

    Ch. 5. Self and Voice

    Ch. 6. Freedom and Form

    Ch. 7. Emotion

    Ch. 8. Readers

    Ch. 9. Theory

    Ch. 10. Reasons

    Ch. 11. Constitutions

    Ch. 12. Disagreeing

    Ch. 13. Metaphor

    Ch. 14. Storytelling

    Ch. 15. Client Stories

    Ch. 16. Law’s Stories

    Ch. 17. A Life in the Law (Conclusion)

  • Author Information

    Linda H. Edwards

    Professor Edwards joined the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in July 2009 after serving as Visiting Professor of Law in 2008-2009. Before joining the academy, Professor Edwards practiced law for eleven years. She then began her teaching career at the New York University School of Law, where she served as the Coordinator of the NYU Lawyering Program. In 1990, Professor Edwards joined the faculty at the Mercer University School of Law, where she was the Macon Professor of Law. During her 19 years at Mercer, Professor Edwards directed the legal writing program and taught in the areas of property, employment discrimination, advanced legal writing, professional responsibility, and legal reasoning.
    Professor Edwards is a national leader in the field of legal writing, having been awarded the 2009 Thomas Blackwell Award for her lifetime achievements in and contributions to the field. She has published a number of articles and three books in the areas of legal writing and property, and she has served in a variety of capacities at the ABA and the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Edwards is a frequent speaker at national conferences, and she serves as a faculty member for the Persuasion Institute's Advanced Training Program in Narrative Construction, which is sponsored by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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